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Key agencies in Covid-19 response disconnected

Today’s meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has shown how disconnected the three key agencies, Health, Customs and Police, are in enforcing the self-isolation of New Zealanders and shows why...


PM must find secure platform for Cabinet discussions

Jacinda Ardern has serious questions to answer about why she is using the video conferencing system Zoom for Cabinet meetings, National’s GCSB & NZSIS spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. “Cabinet needs...


New Zealanders still in the dark on the state of the economy

Far greater transparency is needed from the Government on the economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “It was clear from today’s Epidemic Response Committee...


Clear purpose needed in response to Covid-19

The first meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has raised some important concerns with New Zealand’s health response to Covid-19, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “We need clarity...


Minimum wage increase must be deferred

The Government must defer the minimum wage increase set to come in to force tomorrow, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “With the entire country under lockdown, businesses up and down...


Fairness and common sense needed around safe essential services

There needs to be more fairness and common sense applied to determining what essential services can safely open, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Nearly a...


National taking constructive approach to Select Committee

National will be taking a constructive and principled approach to scrutinising the Government’s response to Covid-19 through the Epidemic Response Committee, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “It’s important...


Truck drivers need support from Govt

New Zealand’s truck drivers are working round the clock to keep our shelves stocked with essential goods and they deserve support, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Truck drivers are...


Government needs to reverse community newspaper ban quickly

The Government’s decision to close down all community and weekly papers must be reversed, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The decision that only paid daily...


Wage subsidy changes deeply unfair

Last night’s changes to the wage subsidy scheme appear to give large windfalls to part-time workers, which is an odd priority in a time of crisis, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul...